Saskatoon Jazz Society
30 Years of Jazz in the City of Bridges
The Saskatoon Jazz Society (SJS), a not-for-profit, community based organization has been a vital part of the Saskatoon music scene for more than thirty years. With the mandate to foster, promote and present the art of jazz music in our community, SJS provides outreach and education to local jazz musicians through a variety of programs designed for musicians of all skill levels. SJS also provides a world-class venue for local and national musicians to perform at The Bassment, one of Canada’s premier jazz clubs.
The Bassment, SJS’s live music venue provides a world-class stage for local and national artists to perform in Saskatoon. The Bassment is one Canada’s premier jazz clubs, providing musicians of all skill levels a place to showcase their talents in front of a live audience while accessing a variety of professional, concert grade instruments. This venue boasts a small, personal atmosphere with capacity of approximately 200 people, state of the art lighting and sound system complete with acoustic panels.
SJS is also fortunate to have the Mendel Art Gallery’s Bosendorfer piano on loan and is also the proud owner of a Yamaha C6 and a Yamaha C7 Grand piano thanks to the generous donations of The Kinsmen Club and Frett Family. Recent additions to The Bassment include a Hammond B3 organ and Shen SB800 Rogeri upright bass, all available for musicians’ use when performing at The Bassment.
Saskatoon’s Home of Live Jazz & Roots MusicA raised stage, green room, small kitchen and fully functional bar make the club the perfect place to showcase local and national talent. The society maintains this facility with the aim of it remaining cutting-edge and nationally respected as a quality performance venue. Programming at The Bassment highlights jazz, but lends a listening ear to, and incorporates other genres, such as Roots, Folk, Classical and Blues.
The club is booked with acts for three to five nights of the week, with rentals available on free nights. The Saskatoon Jazz society and The Bassment are vital links to the community it is a part of. Many of the touring acts allow the community a chance to enjoy diversity within their own city.